Blog – Former Bulldogs Banks, Slay taken in second round

Former Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks looked like a first round draft pick of the National Football League draft not too long ago.

His stock dropped, but he was taken in the second round with the 43rd overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“He has a chance to become a big-time playmaker for the Bucs,” ESPN’s Todd McShay said.

The East Webster native and Jim Thorpe Award winners joins talented cornerback Darrelle Revis, who the Buccaneers required in the offseason.

Former Bulldog cornerback Darius Slay attended the first round of the NFL draft last night at Radio City Hall in New York, but was not selected.

Slay didn’t have to wait too long on the second day, as he was taken in the second round with the 36th pick by the Detroit Lions.

Slay tore the meniscus in his knee this offseason, but Slay felt confident that it wouldn’t affect his draft status.

Surgery is an option for Slay, but he feels confident he will not need it.

“They say I just need to ice it down because it’s not that bad, and then I can get right back up,” Slay told Around the League on Wednesday. “Nobody said I needed surgery.”

As of 6:10 on Friday, former Bulldog Johnthan Banks had yet to be taken. He is projected to be drafted before the night is over.

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